Internet-connected sensors are helping cities get smarter, but cyber-physical systems are now making those sensors smarter. It has already led to self-healing electrical grids and smart wildfire management. See what could be next for your city.
At the core of many smart public safety solutions is use of “intelligence” -- information that helps hint at the identity of a criminal or suggest where a wildfire is likely to occur. This collection of articles and resources highlight the importance of data gathering, data sharing and data analytics, along with the use of mobile apps, sensor technology and even facial recognition software to make cities safer.
With its HHS-Connect initiative, New York City is breaking down information silos so caseworkers can better serve clients who are homeless or have other needs. The ultimate goal: establish a client-centered approach to human services administration and benefits access using shared data.
With some creativity, Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan suggests the Hong Kong mass transit business model could serve as a template for cities that want to incent private sector investment in smart city infrastructure projects. It's an interesting approach; click for the details.
By now, Rio de Janeiro's Operations Center has become a smart city exemplar. Yet as widely covered as it has been, we think you'll want to take a look at the excellent CNN story we’ve linked at the site.
You have to appreciate the irony. Futurist and urban researcher Anthony Townsend is on a promo tour for his forthcoming book Smart Cities. He's trying to drum up interest in smart cities by... well, by denigrating smart cities.